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Oklahoma State Hockey Team

$4,125
41%
Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
20 Donors
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Project ended on November 29, at 11:59 PM CST
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OSU beats OU in first ever Bedlam on Ice at the BOK

November 16, 2022

On November 5th, 2022, OSU beat OU in a historic matchup at the BOK center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. OSU finished the first period with a 1-0 lead and after the second period, had expanded that lead to 3-0. OU, however, came back in the third with a quick goal on a powerplay, and with 14 seconds left of the game, the score was 4-4 after another powerplay goal from OU. OSU though, was not ready to give up just yet and fought hard and eventually scored the 5-4 game-winner in overtime.

 

Captain Jacob Thompson said, "I just froze for a few seconds before I realized we'd won because at first, I couldn't believe it!"


The team is thrilled about the win considering that OSU is only in its second year and plays in division 2 of the ACHA while OU plays one division higher in division 1. The hard work and effort the players have put in during practices leading up to the game paid off in the end. The Bedlam on Ice matchup proved to be a successful event for both the team and the fans and will hopefully become a beloved tradition for years to come!

Q&A with the Players

October 31, 2022

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Where are you from? 

Argyle, TX

What is your major?

Political Science Pre-Law and Psychology

Why did you choose OSU? 

I chose OSU because my parents attended OSU for a couple of years between the two of them, which they loved, as well as the culture around the school.

What is your favorite thing about hockey?

Something that always kept me in love with the sport was brotherhood. No matter who the person is, whether you like them or not, they’re wearing the same logo and same colors, and no matter what, we all would make sacrifices for each other no matter the cost. We all have one common goal.

How many years have you been playing?

17 years

What is your favorite team memory?

Anytime Coach makes us skate for doing something wrong is usually memory worthy. We’re all doing something that really sucks together and somehow there’s still guys smiling and laughing when we’re all done, and more importantly we’re ready to get back at it and do things right this time.

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Josh Farrell, #81

Where are you from? 

Little Rock, AR

What is your major?

Graphic Design

Why did you choose OSU? 

Some friends were going and I didn’t want to go in-state.

What is your favorite thing about hockey?

Bonding with teammates through the season.

How many years have you been playing?

11 years

What is your favorite team memory?

Listening to Doja Cat after a win. 

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Josh Goldsmith, #85

Where are you from? 

Wilmette, IL

What is your major?

Exercise Science

Why did you choose OSU? 

Hockey

What is your favorite thing about hockey?

Everything.

How many years have you been playing?

16 years

What is your favorite team memory?

Don’t have one they are all good. 



Q&A with the Players

October 31, 2022

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Where are you from? 

Ennismore, Ontario 

What is your major?

Marketing  

Why did you choose OSU? 

They have a great business program.

What is your favorite thing about hockey?

The brotherhood and how it is so hard to master.

How many years have you been playing?

20 years

What is your favorite team memory?

My first goal with the boys last year.

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Where are you from? 

Broken Arrow, OK

What is your major?

Applied Health Science (Sports Medicine) 

Why did you choose OSU? 

The hockey and it’s closer to home. Without hockey, I would probably be at TCC.  

What is your favorite thing about hockey?

The bonds that get made and the feeling of having people around to help pick each other up.

How many years have you been playing?

8 years

What is your favorite team memory?

Senior year of High School before the semifinals of playoffs in the locker room, we had a huge team hug and pretty much said whatever happens, happens let's go have fun with each other, and I scored the winning goal that day. 


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John Seals, #12

Where are you from? 

Kalamazoo, MI

What is your major?

Mechanical Engineering Technology 

Why did you choose OSU? 

The Engineering program

What is your favorite thing about hockey?

Scoring

How many years have you been playing?

10 years

What is your favorite team memory?

Team bonding whether it’s getting together for dinner or just hanging out as a group.

Cade McLain, #27

Where are you from? 

Columbia, MO

What is your major?

Pro Pilot

Why did you choose OSU? 

To attend the flight school here.

What is your favorite thing about hockey?

It’s a physical contact sport.

How many years have you been playing?

12 years

What is your favorite team memory?

Losing 7-1 to Kansas on Friday and coming back to win 4-3 in overtime the next day.  

Q&A with the Coaches

October 26, 2022

Derek Smith, Head Coach

Where are you from?

Tulsa, OK 

Where did you attend college and what was your major?

Missouri State University, and I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Criminology.

How many years have you been playing hockey?

22 years 

What's something that makes you proud of the team?

That a lot of the guys listen and have respect when I'm talking. They also show a lot of care and love for the game. 

Why did you want to coach the Oklahoma State Hockey Team?

I like a challenge and I want to help the program get better every day.


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Tyler Schulz, Assistant Coach

Where are you from?

Tulsa, OK 

Where did you attend college and what was your major?

Tulsa Community College and working on transferring to Oklahoma State to study International Business 

How many years have you been playing hockey?

23 years

What's something that makes you proud of the team? 

Their constant strive for progression. We are not where we want to be yet, but we are getting better every day. 

Why did you want to coach the Oklahoma State Hockey Team? Growing up in Oklahoma I understand the loyalty of the Oklahoma State fan base, and I want to be able to provide them a team to be proud of. Oklahoma may not seem like a hockey state but surprisingly it is. With hard work, determination, and time I believe we can make this program respected across the country.

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$20

Miscellaneous

There are many items we need as a club. Our team goes through a TON of hockey tape, sock tape, pucks, and water bottles. This donation will fund things so small but so vital to us every year.

$55

Gloves

This donation will help us reward our new players with new team gloves. It is imperative that we all look the same on the ice!

$75

Referees

As a club, we are responsible for referees travel and time they spend reffing our games. It is costly to pay for three refs every home game. With this level of donation you will be helping with the referee cost!

$100

Jerseys

Not only do we strive to be the best team in the league, we strive to be the best looking! This donation will help fund our uniform purchases such as white and black game day jerseys for our players.

$150

Hotel Package

Much of our expenses come from traveling. This donation will help cover the cost of hotels and team meals!

$250

Hockey Sticks

The most necessary piece of equipment is the hockey stick and we break A LOT of them during the season. This donation will help our players afford new sticks to keep them scoring on the ice!

$500

Ice Time

This donation will help cover our very expensive ice time ($480 for an hour and a half). We can't be successful without regular practices and this donation helps support that!

$1,000

Transportation Package

The majority of our expenses for travel goes towards bus rentals. An average bus trip costs anywhere from $2,500-$5,000. This donation will help fund this essential expense!

$2,023

Twenty Twenty Three

Our goal this season is to be the 2023 TCHC Conference Champions and the 2023 ACHA DII National Champions!

$5,000

The Future

This huge donation ensures the longevity of this team so one day, we can get a rink in Stillwater.

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